How to Pick the Right Wedding Gift for a Co-Worker or Acquaintance


Buying a gift for a work colleague or acquaintance can be difficult; it’s hard enough buying for our close friends and family. What do you get for someone you don’t know intimately? What is the proper amount to spend, what will they be able to get a lot of use out of it, and should you still give a gift if you’re not attending?

Stress can come from being unfamiliar with gift-giving etiquette, but it shouldn’t be so worrying if a few considerations are taken into account. Let’s look at these considerations so you can be prepared.

Shipping to the Home or Bringing the Gift to the Wedding

Weddings can be a stressful, complicated mess; try to be considerate about that when choosing how to give your gift. It is generally advised to ship directly to the couple’s home if possible, to save them a headache on the big day. Of course, off-registry gifts are acceptable, but keep in mind the size and transportability if you’re bringing an item.

If you’re in the position to gift on behalf of your organization, then you may find a curated box with complete corporate logo to be a nice gesture for your cherished employee. Custom corporate gifts can be a nice way to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

Gift Registry

It is very common for couples getting married to set up a gift registry with local and online retailers. This saves you from having to think too hard about what to get for the big day. You’re guaranteed to get the right gift by getting something from the registry.

In some cases, big-ticket items may be beyond your budget. It is appropriate to collaborate with your co-workers to all pitch in together for larger purchases and this can be a good way to keep gift buying stress-free.

How Much is the Right Amount?

While your budget will be the final determining factor, it is generally said that you should expect to spend around $50 to $75 for a gift. Some feel that the cost of the gift should at least exceed the cost of being hosted at the wedding. While a gift isn’t an absolute necessity to attend a wedding if your budget will not allow, try to find some wiggle room, as a gift can show your support for the couple.

Gift Cards, Checks, or Cash

If the couple hasn’t set up a gift registry, the items left are outside your price range and/or you’re the hopeless type when it comes to gift giving, consider gift cards or cash. Currency is always a good gift, especially for younger couples. If you want to give a gift card, take the time to find out where the bride or groom do most of their shopping before making the purchase. The couple will know exactly how much you spent on their gift, so this can be a downside for some, but most people will not care at all and will just be grateful for the support.

Following a few simple rules can take a lot of the stress out of finding the right gift. It doesn’t have to be complicated: the key to good gift giving is to not forget why you’re giving the gift in the first place. By following these guidelines, you’ll be sure to select the right item for the person and occasion.